Shropshire cheesemaker Belton Cheese has scored a territorial coup over Yorkshire rivals by winning the highest accolade for its Wensleydale at this year's National Cheese Awards.

In addition to winning the Supreme Champion award for its Wensleydale, the company also picked up a gold medal in the Wensleydale class one of four gold, seven silver and three bronze awards it won in the competition, which took place at the Royal Bath and West Show.

The awards were the ­result of dedication and hard work, said Belton MD Justin Beckett. "With such stiff competition, we are so proud our Wensleydale has been deemed the best."

In the retailer classes, Waitrose won gold in the British blues, territorials, British non-cow's milk, Continental hard and soft categories. Sainsbury's won the mature Cheddar retailer class, and Marks & Spencer won the British soft retailer class.

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